Getting ready for a new pregnancy is a scary, but wonderful time in your life. There seem to be so many things to do, so much to learn, so many appointments to remember. We keep doing it though for the awesome payoff at the end. Here’s some tips to make your pregnancy as easy as can be.
Be sure to stay active while pregnant. Use low-impact exercises – walking and swimming – that keep you moving without putting too much stress on your body. This will help prevent excess pregnancy weight gain, improve the quality of your sleep, and increase circulation to your lower limbs, all of which can be a challenge when pregnant.
Write a birth plan early in your pregnancy. Keep a list of the things you absolutely want to have happen, like the presence of an older sibling, and things you absolutely don’t want unless it begins to affect the safety of the baby. If you have these things written down ahead of time, you can discuss them with your birth team and make sure they happen.
Stay away from household cleaning products when you are pregnant. Inhaling these products when you are pregnant can cause serious health problems for you and your baby. Have someone else in your home do your cleaning, or, if you have to clean, wear a protective mask over your nose and mouth.
Don’t skimp on exercise because you are pregnant. Exercise helps protect you and your baby during your pregnancy. You’re less likely to miscarry if you exercise regularly; in addition, mothers who exercise have shorter labor times and more quickly lose weight after delivering their babies.
Avoid using over the counter medicines for digestive issues like heartburn, upset stomach and constipation. The more medicines we keep out of our bodies during pregnancy the better. Ginger tea, acupuncture and peppermint oils have all been shown to help with pregnancy stomach issues.
Don’t hesitate to ask others to help with heavy lifting during your pregnancy. Heavy lifting has been known to cause miscarriages or extra stress to the baby, and can also cause a back ache. Even if the object does not seem too heavy, have others lift it for you.
If you have a medical condition or a cold, try to use non-medical treatments. Over-the-counter meds can potentially harm your fetus. There are natural remedies for many common ailments. Talk to your doctor for advice, too.
Many women experience morning sickness, which is at the very least a queasy feeling that can be more extreme in some cases and include nausea and vomiting. Some women try many things and find no relief. However, other find that eating small meals throughout the day help, as does avoiding spicy and high fat foods. Very often relief is found by popping a hard candy in your mouth.
You can combine these tips with 20 different books and still not be ready for everything that is to come. The important thing is to keep on learning and keep yourself healthy and happy. Soon you will have a beautiful new baby in your life, and all this work will have been worth it.